18k Gold PolyChrome Enamel Half-Hunter Verge Kington Pair Case Fusee Watch 1814
Vintage from the 1960s
Materials: 18k gold, 9k Gold
Style: Art deco
A mint and rare solid 18k gold English early 19th century highly engraved verge chain driven fusee pair-case half-hunter pocket watch by the maker Skarrat of Kington, in Salop. The watch in very substantial cases, so requires a secure pocket! The watch has been fully serviced and overhauled by my watch maker and is keeping good verge time. This is a beautifully made English key-wound man's verge pocket watch, dating from ca. 1814, from the late Georgian period. The watch with unusual hidden feature of a polychrome dial showing the seasons of the year. The case of heavy weight and made for someone who was well off.
THE DIAL: 99% mint, the polychrome enamel dial with fine black Roman numerals, and a separate minute track to outside of dial, with no chips or hairlines. The owners name on inside track, James Graham with fine country sports around the edge. The dial with finely made gold hour and minute hands. The crystal in very fine condition. Diameter is 44 mm.
THE MOVEMENT: 100% mint, with richly gilded full plate in wonderful condition. The well engraved and carved rococo style balance cock and foot in superb condition with foliage and flowers and unusual floral centre with grotesque mask to base. The back plate with further decoration and Bosley time regulator plate with finely pierced and engraved additional plate. An uncut three arm steel balance, verge escapement with flat hairspring and fusee and chain. The watch signed, Skarrat of Kington with movement number 46526.
The watch is keywind, comes with a key and is ticking very strongly indeed and movement size is 45 mm diameter. The movement with round pillars. Polished steel movement bolt with its original blued steel screw. Pierced gilded fusee stop work with iron hinge. The finely blued screws are original, the fusee stop iron spring screw is ornate as is the case catch, a fine example of its kind and the gilding is still bright and fresh. The watch comes with a watch key and the watch runs the full length of the fusee chain. The watch is much brighter and crisp than in these dark photos, which are limited by my camera and lighting equipment. The watch is in very good working order for its age.
THE CASE: 97% mint, the solid 18k gold inner case measures an impressive 46 mm outside diameter. The hinged cover closing tightly, and all in fine order. The five knuckle hinge in good order. The outer gold case measures 54 mm, with the normal wear and tiny marks and a few small pin holes to edge. With Birmingham hall marks and hall marks and case maker GR. C. The outer-case spring clip in working order and the button in good order.